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Sustainability

Great importance is attached throughout the Zillertal Arena to sustainable skiing that saves energy & resources. In addition to an extensive free ski bus network for environmentally friendly travel and numerous e-charging stations in the car parks, there are also a whole range of other sustainable measures. The Zillertal Arena uses 100% CO²-neutral electricity.

CO2-NEUTRAL HEAT AND POWER GENERATION WITH PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS
A biomass heating plant started operation in Gerlos back in 2014, and supplies around 130 houses. There are also four photovoltaic plants in the Zillertal Arena in Hochkrimml, Zell am Ziller and Gerlos. The latest plant at Stuanmandlbahn cable car in Gerlos can power the CO²-neutral transport of more than 640,000 people each season on Vorkogel surface lift. Outside the lift operating hours, the electricity generated is fed into the public grid. This both brings additional economic benefits and makes an active contribution to sustainable energy production. Around 140,000 kWh of clean electricity is generated annually with a nominal peak power of 59.2 kWp.

E-MOBILITY
E-mobility is a key focus in the Zillertal Arena. As of this summer, an electric vehicle is available at Fichtensee (Spruce Lake) for clean, quiet and environmentally friendly transport up to Rosenalm. There are also a large number of e-cars in operation, used on a daily basis by directors, managers and employees of the Zillertal Arena. Wald-Königsleiten plays a pioneering role here with its e-BOB mobility programme. Visitors have access to e-cars and, in summer, e-bikes for an even better holiday.

Digital snow depth measurement

Digital snow depth measurement

All our snow groomers are fitted with GPS for digital snow depth measurement. This means that we know the exact snow depths at all times. We therefore only produce snow where it is needed – and this helps us to reduce both water consumption and snow machine use. Accurate snow depth information can also help to prevent damage to the land.
Local public transport

Local public transport

All villages in the Zillertal Arena have an extensive ski bus network for free travel to and from the ski area for all visitors. The Arena cable car companies make a significant contribution to the financing of the ski bus service, helping to reduce car traffic to the cable car stations.
Commitment to forestry & nature

Commitment to forestry & nature

Every spring, we actively support reforestation work along the valley run in Zell am Ziller. The mixed forest is reforested with young firs, spruces, copper beeches and alders. Regular clean-ups in the ski area remove rubbish and make a sustainable contribution to environmental protection.

Power plant

The Hochkrimml cable cars generate approx. 200,000 kWh of electricity per year with a small power plant, and this is fed into the general power grid. The Plattenkogel-X-Press I 8-seater chair lift can therefore be operated on a carbon-neutral basis throughout the entire winter season.

THE NEW WIESENALM IN ZELL AM ZILLER
A strong focus was placed on sustainability during the construction of Wiesenalm. In addition to a carbon-neutral pellet heating system, the waste heat from the gears of the nearby Rosenalmbahn and Karspitzbahn gondolas is also used in combination with a heat pump for heating and hot water production at the Wiesenalm. Furthermore, the Wiesenalm’s entire power supply comes from 100% renewable energy sources: firstly, the electricity is generated from our own photovoltaic system on the roof of the Rosenalmbahn cable car bottom station and secondly, all the electricity purchased from TIWAG (Tiroler Wasserkraft AG) is also 100% carbon-neutral.

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